MARS NEEDS WOMEN (1967)
Article #1719 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 11-28-2005
Posting Date: 4-27-2006
Directed by Larry Buchanan
Featuring Tommy Kirk, Yvonne Craig, Warren Hammack
Special guest star: A Fedpro Intercom
Martians come to Earth to abduct women when a disease causes the woman-to-man birth rate on Mars to plummet.
It’s been a long time since I’ve had to handle one of Larry Buchanan’s forays into genre territory, but sadly, not long enough. I never have high expectations for his movies, but the title at least promises a little campy fun. Sadly, there’s not even much of that; the scene where the Martians have to procure money, transportation, clothing and a map of the city is perhaps the most amusing sequence in this regard. There’s also the odd moment that works; when the tape runs out on a planetarium show and one of the Martians completes the presentation with a sad view of dying world, it’s actually a little touching. Unfortunately, most of the movie is a tedious bore, with endless scenes of aliens stalking their victims or characters engaged in endless and uninteresting conversation. The worst scene is where the military tries to prevent the Martians from landing; it consists entirely of stock footage, people standing around a computer room, and close-ups of an intercom (shot from several angles and occasionally with zooms into and away from it) which gets more screen footage than many of the actors in the movie. That’s why I granted the intercom a “Special Guest Star” credit.
Despite all this, I think this may be Buchanan’s best genre movie that I’ve seen so far. Sad, isn’t it?